Editor of The Commercial Appeal retiring

Editor of The Commercial Appeal, Chris Peck, retiring, national search planned for replacement

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The editor of The Commercial Appeal is retiring after 11 years in the paper's top position.

Chris Peck notified the staff Thursday afternoon.

Scripps newspapers Vice President of Content, Mizell Stewart told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/XMfhVc) managing editor Louis Graham will serve as interim editor. He said a national search for Peck's replacement — both in and out of Scripps — will take place immediately aiming to hire a replacement within 90 days. Scripps is the parent company of the publication.

The paper hired Peck, 62, in 2002 to replace the retiring Angus McEachran.

Peck is a past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors and the current secretary of the American Society of News Editors.

Stewart said Peck would continue to contribute to the paper's editorial pages.

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